“Engineering seamless interaction and collaboration between man and machine”
Near-future robot intelligence offers great potential for our society, provided we can co-operate with this technology. At the Cognitive Robotics Department at TU Delft, we aim to contribute to responsibly introducing robotic technologies in human-inhabited environments. We do so by research organized in four sections: computer vision for intelligent vehicles, machine learning for learning and autonomous control, robot dynamics and human-robot interaction. In the section Human-Robot Interaction we work on Cognitive Human-Robot Interaction (the lab of Joost de Winter), and on Physical Human-Robot Interaction (the Delft Haptics Lab, headed by David Abbink).
The Delft Haptics Lab focuses on understanding how humans perform dynamic control tasks with robots (intelligent machines), and to use this knowledge to design and evaluate interfaces that make robotic devices as easy to control as our own body or as easy to co-operate with as a well-trained horse. This requires in-depth knowledge of human sensorimotor control and perception. Applications we have investigated so far range from driving a car to flying a plane, and from interacting with tele-robotic devices to controlling exoskeletons. We focus on establishing and enriching physical interaction through forces, and on developing shared control to seamlessly combine human and machine capabilities, thereby creating human-robot symbiosis.
The research at the Delft Haptics Lab is organized along three main Research Themes:
- Understanding the human as a controller (measuring and modeling sensorimotor control)
- Developing novel human-machine interaction and co-operation (e.g. haptic shared control)
- Developing haptic manipulators
The research we perform is part of several research programmes. Our researchers each have their own research project, which can be associated to a research programme.